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    U.N. to Meet Over Ukraine Conflict

    Unidentified armed men patrol in front of Crimean parliament in Simferopol on March 1, 2014. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of "costs" to Moscow should it order in troops.AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)


    Hours after Russia’s parliament granted President Putin's request for permission to use troops in Ukraine, the United Nations met for an emergency session and the U.N. Security Council announced it will hold a closed-door meeting. Putin’s request referred only to the “territory of Ukraine” rather than Crimea specifically, leaving open the possibility that Russia’s military could also move into other regions of Ukraine where people also oppose the new government in Kiev. In his statement to parliament, Putin said the move was necessary to protect ethnic Russians and a Russian military base in Crimea. On Friday, President Barack Obama warned Russia that “there will be costs” if Russia uses its military to intervene in Ukraine.

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